Where we are now Project Milestones Consulting with Benefiting local business to date landowners and residents The project alliance is fielding enquiries July 2007: Sugarloaf Pipeline Project Consulting with the community remains from companies, businesses and announced as part of the Victorian central to preparing for the pipeline. individuals interested in working on the Government’s Water Plan and Food Bowl Project team members are visiting pipeline or providing support services Modernisation Project landowners regularly along the recently during the investigation and announced preferred corridor route. construction periods. First round of community information sessions A database of local businesses is The team, including designers and engineers, provide landowners and currently being assembled. Those Nov 2007: Environment Effects residents with information about the wishing to be involved can register their Statement, Referral to Minister for project, seek permission to access interest by contacting us on a dedicated Planning private property and explain the next toll free number: 1800 631 713. Dec 2007: Planning Minister calls for steps in the process. preparation of Project Impact Assessment By visiting landowners in person the team has been able to incorporate new Jan 2008: Environment Protection and ideas into pipe design and hear Biodiversity Conservation Act Referral suggestions relating to mitigation. submitted to Federal Minister for Conversations have also addressed the Environment, Heritage and the Arts issue of compensation and the Negotiations with landowners for land independent role of the Valuer-General access and compensation commence in the process. Feb 2008: Submission of Project Impact Assessment (PIA) Report (now on Studies continue exhibition for public comment until 18 Field teams are continuing to undertake March) studies, adding to information already Federal decision on EPBC Referral: collected on: The pipeline is a controlled action under the EPBC Act, and the Federal Minister • Flora and Fauna will make his final decision on the • Cultural Heritage project based on the advice provided by • Geotechnical the Victorian Advisory Committee, • Surveying appointed by the Victorian Minister for These ongoing investigations provide Planning. fundamental information for pipeline March 2008: Sugarloaf Pipeline engineers and designers. For example, Advisory Committee to begin recent work by the Cultural Heritage considering PIA documents and public team has examined evidence submissions. of Aboriginal occupation.